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    • It is all about Islam..
    • 21.04.11 | 17:53 (IDT)

    There: In regards to equality and human rights and justice, To understand a civilization it is important to understand its vocabulary. There was no word in any of the Muslim languages for democracy until the 1890s. Even then the Greek word democracy entered Muslim languages with little change: democrasi in Persian, dimokraytiyah in Arabic, demokratio in Turkish. Democracy is based on one fundamental principle: equality. Lets go back to the issue of equality. The idea is unacceptable to Islam. For the non-believer cannot be the equal of the believer. Here is the hierarchy of human worth in Islam: At the summit are free male Muslims Next come Muslim male slaves Then come free Muslim women Next come Muslim slave women. Then come free Jewish and /or Christian men Then come slave Jewish and/or Christian men Then come slave Jewish and/or Christian women. Each category has rights that must be respected. The People of the Book have been treated in the form of apartheid known as dhimmitude. The status of the rest of humanity, those whose faiths are not recognised by Islam or who have no faith at all, has never been spelled out although wherever Muslim rulers faced such communities they often treated them with a certain measure of tolerance and respect ( As in the case of Hindus under the Muslim dynasties of India.) Non-Muslims can, and have often been, treated with decency, but never as equals. (There is a hierarchy even for animals and plants. Seven animals and seven plants will assuredly go to heaven while seven others of each will end up in Hell.) Democracy means the rule of the demos, the common people, or what is now known as popular or national sovereignty. In Islam, however, power belongs only to God: al-hukm l'illah. The man who exercises that power on earth is known as Khalifat al-Allah, the regent of God. But even then the Khalifah or Caliph cannot act as legislator. The law has already been spelled out and fixed for ever by God. The Greek word for equal isos is used in more than 200 compound nouns; including isoteos (equality) and Isologia (equal or free speech) and isonomia (equal treatment). But again we find no equivalent in any of the Muslim languages. sawiyah in Arabic mean juxtaposition or levelling. Nor do we have a word for politics. The word siassah, now used as a synonym for politics, initially meant whipping stray camels into line.( Sa'es al-kheil is a person who brings back lost camels to the caravan. )The closest translation may be: regimentation. Nor is there mention of such words as government and the state in the Koran. It is no accident that early Muslims translated numerous ancient Greek texts but never those related to political matters. The great Avicenna himself translated Aristotle's Poetics. But there was no translation of Aristotle's Politics in Persian until 1963. To say that Islam is incompatible with democracy should not be seen as a disparagement of Islam. On the contrary, many Muslims would see it as a compliment because they sincerely believe that their idea of rule by God is superior to that of rule by men which is democracy.oard can understand equality - human rights - and justice as per the above

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